Location: Somaly Mam Vientiane Cambodia
Grant Amount: $32,307
Areas of Impact: Education, Safety and Security
Mission of Somaly Mam
To give victims and survivors a voice in their lives, liberate victims, end slavery, and empower survivors as they create and sustain lives of dignity.
The Somaly Mam Foundation (SMF) is focused on helping survivors of human trafficking in SouthEast Asia. The major goals are to provide Victim Services, eradicate Human Trafficking and to empower survivors. A key strategy to empower survivors is to provide educational scholarships, including college scholarships. Dining for Women’s donations will go to the SMF scholarship fund and victim training program, which will be invested in a trust fund and used to pay for primary, secondary, and higher education and other services for victims who wish to continue formal academic education.
Why We Love This Project
The project highlights the importance of recognizing trafficking as a legal and health issue and recognizes women and children’s rights to protection and access to health service to a level commensurate with the severe harm caused by trafficking. In this light, it is important to recognize the long-term health consequences of trafficking (particularly mental health outcomes), and the provision of long-term strategies. The services provided by the project will foster women and children’s overall well being with practical forms of assistance like legal, medical, social service and education. The second emphasis is on social reintegration in order to provide professional skills and tools to have access to the job market or to set up a sustainable micro business. The third priority is access to legal service as receiving justice and being fairly treated is a healing process in itself.